Texas Tech University

Faculty

Nichole C. Anderson, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor of Behavior and Welfare

Nichole Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior and Welfare at Texas Tech University. She completed her master's degree from North Dakota State University in lameness in dairy cattle then went on to receive a Ph.D. at Purdue University in sow-piglet communication.

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Carolyn E. Arnold, DVM, PhD, DACVS

Professor of Equine Surgery

Carolyn Arnold is a Professor of Equine Surgery. She grew up in Southeastern Michigan and attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University from 1994-1998. After an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in central Kentucky, she completed a Large Animal Surgical Residency at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in 2003.

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Elpida Artemiou, BSc, MSc, PhD, AFAMEE

Professor of Veterinary Communications

I grew up on the beautiful island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea, youngest of three siblings, and with our adored Siamese cats and Pekinese dogs. From a very young age, passionate about traveling, culture, languages, art and learning, I left home to pursue a higher education.

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Martina Atzeni, DVM

Assistant Professor of Practice

Martina is a Veterinarian from Italy. She grew up in Sardinia and graduated in 2017 from the University of Sassari. After an internship in general practice at Weems and Stephens Equine Hospital in Aubrey, Texas, she moved to Saskatoon, Canada, where she completed a specialized internship in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Babafela B. Awosile DVM, MVSc, GradCert (One Health), PhD, DACVPM (Epidemiology)

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Babafela Awosile is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. He grew up in Southwestern region of Nigeria. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and MVSc in veterinary public health and preventative medicine from the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Nigeria.

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Jerry B. Black, DVM

Visiting Professor

Jerry B. Black is a Visiting Professor at Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine and is an Emeitus Professor and Wagonhound Land and Livestock Chair in Equine Sciences at Colorado State University. He was raised in west Texas and eastern New Mexico on a family cattle and wheat farming operation.

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Alexandra Calle, PhD

Assistant Professor of Microbiology

Alexandra Calle is a native of Colombia (South America). She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Universidad del Valle –Colombia, a Master's degree in Food Sciences with emphasis in Microbiology from University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE), and a PhD in Animal Sciences with emphasis in Food Microbiology from Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX), where she also conducted postdoctoral research studies.

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Carlos Camacho, DVM

Assistant Professor of General Veterinary Practice

Carlos is an assistant professor of general veterinary practice graduated from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. Since he was a kid, he has been fascinated by livestock and farming and back home his family owns a lime tree farm where they raise pure breed American Aberdeen cattle.

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Robin Elizabeth Carlson, BSN, DVM

Professor of Practice

Robin grew up in many culturally diverse areas on the United States, including inner city Detroit, Appalachia West Virginia, and South Texas. She first received her BSN degree and practiced as a neonatal intensive care nurse for 12 years.

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Seth E. Chapman, DVM, MS, DACVP

Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology

Seth Chapman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology at Texas Tech University and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a small animal rotating internship and pathology residency at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

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Elizabeth "Betsy" Charles, DVM, MA

Assistant Professor of Veterinary Practice

Dr. Charles grew up in the Pacific northwest and headed to California for an equine internship after graduation from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After a year in an equine general practice, she shifted to performance horses, focusing solely on lameness and imaging.

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Prasanth K. Chelikani, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, FTOS

Assistant Dean and Professor of Physiology

Prasanth Chelikani is an Assistant Dean and Professor of Physiology. He graduated with a BVSc (Bachelor of Veterinary Science) degree followed by an MVSc in reproductive physiology from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Tirupati, India, and a PhD in animal science from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

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Britt Conklin, DVM

Associate Dean and Professor

Britt Conklin is the Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and a Professor. He grew up on a farming and ranching operation in the panhandle of Texas and has a diverse agricultural and veterinary background.

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Michael J. Cruz Penn, DVM, DACVP

Assistant Professor of Anatomic Pathology

Michael J. Cruz Penn is a Assistant Professor of Anatomic Pathology at the School of Veterinary Medicine of Texas Tech University. He grew up and completed his Veterinary degree in Costa Rica with a graduation research focused on Veterinary Forensic Pathology.

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John J. Dascanio, VMD, DACT, DABVP (Equine)

Professor of Theriogenology

John Dascanio is the Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and a Professor of Theriogenology at Texas Tech University. He is a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenology and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Equine Specialty.

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Linda Dascanio, LVT

Visiting Professor

Linda Dascanio is a visiting professor working with the School of Veterinary Medicine's professional skills program. Linda grew up on her family's dairy farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York where she took an active part in the dairy and worked throughout high school.

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David M. Dutton, DVM, DACVS

Professor of Surgery-Large Animal

David M. Dutton is a Professor of Large Animal Surgery at Texas Tech University, School of Veterinary Medicine. He grew up in the agricultural industry in west Texas and southern New Mexico and continues to be involved in ranching, raising show cattle and wildlife management. He was the owner of an equine practice for 20 years focused on equine surgery, lameness and sports medicine.

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Klementina Fon Tacer, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cancer Biology and Reproductive Biology

Director, Texas Center for Comparative Cancer Research (TC3R)

CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research

Klementina originally comes from Slovenia. After obtaining her D.V.M. and Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Ljubljana, she came to the U.S. for her post-doctoral training at The University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

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Jason M. Fritzler, PhD

Associate Professor of Microbiology

Jason Fritzler is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Parasitology. He grew up in New Deal, Texas and obtained both his BS in Animal Science and PhD in Veterinary Microbiology from Texas A&M University.

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Arlene Garcia, PhD

Assistant Professor, Behavior and Welfare

Dr. Arlene Garcia-Marquez is a Presidio, Texas, native with a research focus in animal behavior and welfare. She is a PAACO certified multi-species animal welfare auditor, a licensed veterinary technician, and animal welfare consultant for various industry groups.

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John Gibbons, MS, PhD

Associate Professor of Reproductive Physiology

John Gibbons is a reproductive physiologists with a mixture of clinical and academic experiences focused on assisted reproductive techniques in livestock ranging from the very basic to the easily applied. A native of Dallas TX, John received a BS in Animal Science from Texas A&M University, an MS in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech University, and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Philippa (Pippa) Gibbons, BVetMed(Hons) MS DACVIM(LA) MRCVS DipVetEd

Associate Professor of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery

Philippa (Pippa) Gibbons is an Associate Professor of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery. She grew up on a mixed crop, beef and sheep farm in England. After completing veterinary school and a food animal internship in the UK she moved to Texas and completed a food animal internal medicine residency and Masters program at Texas A&M.

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Laszlo M. Hunyadi, DVM, MS, DACVIM (LAIM)

Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine

Laszlo Hunyadi is a professor of large animal internal medicine and originally from El Paso, TX near Sunland Park, NM. He is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Large Animal.

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Blaine Johnson DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor for Food Animal Medicine and Surgery

Blaine Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery at Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine. He grew up on a farm in Southwest Iowa and graduated Iowa State University with both his undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees.

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Jennifer H. Koziol, DVM, MS, DACT

Associate Professor of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery

Jennifer Koziol is an Associate Professor of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery at Texas Tech University. She is a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenology.

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Kyre Larrabee, DVM

Assistant Professor of Veterinary Practice

Dr. Kyre Larrabee grew up in Southwest Kansas on her family's ranch where she developed a passion for horses and livestock. She has spent much of her life riding and competing in rodeos.

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Leah Lee, DVM

Professor of Veterinary Practice-Community Shelter

Dr. Leah Lee is originally from Panhandle, Texas where she grew up on a cow/calf and farming operation that has been in the family since 1902. She earned her bachelors in Animal Science from West Texas A&M in 2001 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M in 2007. She returned to Panhandle and worked in a mixed animal practice, married, and started a family.

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Tasha Likavec, DVM, DACVIM-LA

Assistant Professor of Practice

Dr. Tasha Likavec grew up in a small town of northern Michigan and is a distinguished alumnus of Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Her journey in veterinary medicine started with an internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in New Jersey, followed by a comprehensive Large Animal Internal Medicine Residency at Texas A&M University.

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Guy H. Loneragan, BVSc, PhD

Dean and Professor

He grew up in rural Australia and was introduced to the veterinary profession while working with his veterinarian father on the family livestock operation which housed a pioneering embryo transfer center. After completing his veterinary degree he traveled to the US which led to his PhD is in Epidemiology from Colorado State University.

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Trista Mills, DVM, MBA

Assistant Professor of General Veterinary Practice

Trista Mills is an Assistant Professor of General Practice at Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine. Trista grew up in Indiana working as a general hand/rider for local horse farms. At 18 she moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she continued to work with horses as a veterinary assistant at Arizona Equine, a surgical and medical center for horses.

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Luis Morales Luna, DVM

Assistant Professor of General Veterinary Practice

Luis Morales Luna is a Assistant Professor of General Veterinary Practice. He grew up working at his family's coffee farm working with their dairy cattle in Guatemala; his passion for veterinary medicine began at a young age when he noticed he had some natural abilities to work with animals.

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Stephanie Myers, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Assistant Professor of Anatomic Pathology

Stephanie Myers is an Assistant Professor of Anatomic Pathology at Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine. She was raised in El Paso, Texas, and became interested in veterinary medicine at a young age.

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Thu Annelise Nguyen, PhD, MBA, DABT, ATS

Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Toxicology

Annelise Nguyen is the Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Toxicology at Texas Tech University and a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology. She grew up in the northeastern region of Texas.

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Antu Radhakrishnan, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine

Dr. Radhakrishnan grew up in the Chicago suburbs where he played tennis and soccer while maintaining an avid interest in science and math. He completed his undergraduate degree, a B.A. in Philosophy, at The University of Chicago where he met his wife and played on the varsity soccer team.

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Howard Rodriguez-Mori, PhD

Associate Professor

Howard R. Mori is the Associate Professor of Library and Information Services. He arrived at Texas Tech after serving as the Open Educational Resources Coordinator and Associate Librarian at Florida International University and as an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University.

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Clinton J Roof, DVM, MS, MPH

Assistant Professor of Dairy Medicine and Surgery

Clinton J. Roof is an Assistant Professor of Dairy Medicine and Surgery at Texas Tech University. He was born and raised in southern New Mexico where he was introduced to livestock and animal sciences. While earning his veterinary degree, he completed his Masters degree in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at Kansas State University with a focus on the qualification and quantification of bacterial pathogen load in acute bovine respiratory disease cases.

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Fernanda Rosa MS, PhD

Assistant Professor of Immunology

Fernanda Rosa grew up in a small town in the South of Brazil and was first introduced to Animal Health Sciences during her bachelor's degree which led to her travel to US for an internship at the Mammalian NutriPhysioGenomics Lab at University of Illinois, her internship led to her MS in Animal Sciences from Oregon State University and her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from South Dakota State University.

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Joshua A. Rowe, DVM, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy

Joshua Rowe is an Associate Professor of Anatomy. He grew up in rural Tennessee and became interested in the veterinary profession while working with his grandfather, who raised purebred Limousin cattle.

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Bethany Solomon Schilling, DVM

Assistant Professor

Dr. Bethany Solomon Schilling joined the Texas Tech faculty February 1, 2020. Dr. Schilling grew up on a farm and ranch in the Texas Panhandle and has deep roots in agriculture.

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Marcelo Schmidt, PhD

Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Assessment

I am an educational psychologist with interests in curriculum development, program assessment, and data-use practices in higher education. I have a master's degree in Education from the University of Texas - Pan American and a PhD in educational psychology from Texas Tech University.

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Devendra Shah, BVSc (DVM), MVSc, PhD

Professor of Veterinary Microbiology & Infectious Disease

Devendra grew up in a rural community in Western India. He was trained as a veterinarian at Bombay Veterinary College. He practiced in mixed animal, and poultry medicine in clinical and industrial setting before pursuing academic career path in veterinary clinical microbiology and infectious disease research.

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Smriti Shringi, BVSc (DVM), MVSc, PhD

Assistant Professor of Microbiology

Smriti Shringi is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology. She grew up in a family of educators in north-western state of India. She earned professional degree in Veterinary Medicine and Master's in Veterinary Microbiology from Rajasthan Agricultural University, India.

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Emily Sundman, DVM, DABVP (Equine Practice)

Assistant Professor of Medicine

I grew up in upstate New York with horses. From there I have worked as a large animal veterinarian and in the animal health industry while living in Colorado, California, and Texas.

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Jonathan Thompson, M.S., Ph.D.

Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry

Jon Thompson is an Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry. He grew up in Allentown, PA prior to moving to the Tampa, FL area to complete high school. Jon's education took him to southern Alabama and then the University of Florida to complete graduate school (both M.S. and Ph.D.).

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Ebenezer Tumban, MS, PhD

Associate Professor of Molecular Virology and Vaccinology

Dr. Tumban is a molecular virologist and vaccinologist by training. Before joining Texas Technological University, Dr. Tumban was an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director of the Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Technological University (MTU).

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Dickson D. Varner, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACT

Visiting Professor

Dickson Varner grew up around livestock in the Ozarks of Missouri, where his parents were producers of rodeos and wild west shows, with a variety of western activity offerings to the general public. He practiced veterinary medicine for 4 years in Lexington, Kentucky prior to completing a residency in animal reproduction (theriogenology) at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Heidi Villalba, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurophysiology/Pharmaceutical Science

Heidi Villalba obtained her BS and MS in Biology from West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) in Canyon, Texas. She completed her Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center University- Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy in Amarillo, Tx.

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Katelyn Waggoner, DVM

Associate Professor of Equine General Practice

Katelyn Waggoner is originally from Los Alamos, New Mexico. She received her Bachelors of Animal Science from Texas Tech University prior to pursuing her DVM from Washington State University.

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Sarah A. Wagner, DVM, Phd, DACVCP

Assistant Dean and Professor of Pharmacology

Dr. Sarah Wagner was in mixed animal practice in rural Virginia for 5 years after completing her DVM at Michigan State University. She earned her PhD in Physiology (Pharmacology) from Iowa State University and served on the faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University.

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Ronald D. Warner, DVM, MPVM, PhD, DACVPM (Epidemiology), DACE

Professor Emeritus

Ronald D. Warner is Professor Emeritus of epidemiology. He grew up in SE Ohio on a family farm (Jersey dairy, Hereford-x-Angus cow/calf, Duroc hogs, and turkeys) and realized his goal of becoming a DVM when he graduated from Ohio State in 1971.

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Kelly Cukrowicz Williams, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychological Health

Dr. Williams is a Professor of Psychological Health. Dr. Williams received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Florida State University in 2005, and completed an internship and a National Institute of Aging-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.

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Ryan Blake Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Faculty and Associate Professor of Economic and Public Policy

Ryan Blake Williams is the Associate Dean for Faculty. He is also an economist and is Associate Professor of Economic and Public Policy. He grew up in northern California in a small town on the Pacific Ocean, nestled amongst redwood trees, dairies, and ranches.

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Kaitlyn E. Wooton, MS, DVM

Veterinary Anatomy Lecturer

Kaitlyn Wooton was born and raised in rural central Kentucky and has deep roots in animal agriculture. Her interest in veterinary education flourished in Veterinary School at Lincoln Memorial University where she discovered a knack for translating and delivering information in a widely accessible manner.

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